Research Design PG (10388.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
UCI - PSB Academy, Singapore
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Business School||Post Graduate Level|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesThe outcome of any unit for individual students is contingent upon what each student brings to class and the amount of energy and effort they deploy. However, a student who engages in all class activities with diligence can expect to be able to:
1. Identify research design issues and employ appropriate research methods appropriate for different paradigmatic research;
2. Critically evaluate designs in existing research according to relevant quality criteria;
3. Analyse interdependences between project components to explore how changes influence the overall design of a study;
4. Defend a research design for a research programme with an appropriate contribution to knowledge within which to evaluate existing systems and address practical problems;
5. Critically analyse the implications of ethics within a chosen research programme; and
6. Produce a research portfolio demonstrating appropriate research design skills.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
This course will familiarise students with the following:
- Contemporary debates in the philosophy of the social sciences
- Research design
- The ethical issues involved in social science research
- Approaches to qualitative data analysis
- Advanced quantitative research methods
- Computational/big data techniques of data analysis
In addition to the subject matter outcomes identified above, this course will facilitate the acquisition and retention of a number of other skills which are critical components of professional academic life.
- Students’ abilities to engage in analysis and inquiry will be developed and practiced particularly through assignments concerning research design which require students to identify a strategy for analysing situations which often do not avail themselves of an obvious approach.
- Problem solving abilities will be developed through the research design process which requires students move from the identification of an analytical problem to devising a strategy to collect data which will enable the student to render an adequate response.
- Communication skills will be developed through written work as well as brief oral presentations to the class.
- Professionalism and social responsibility will be developed through the completion of assignments which serve as a socialization process for engaging in professional social science as well as sessions and assignments concerning the University ethics approval process.
The University of Canberra provides a high-quality, innovative educational experience. Our courses are designed to equip our graduates to be leaders of their profession, to be outward-looking global citizens and to value lifelong learning.
- UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.
UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
- UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
- UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news, and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||On-Campus||Dr Michael Jensen|
|2021||UCI - PSB Academy, Singapore||Semester 1||08 February 2021||On-Campus||Dr Michael Jensen|
|2021||UCI - PSB Academy, Singapore||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Dr Michael Jensen|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Dr Michael Jensen|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||On-Campus||Dr Michael Jensen|
|2022||UCI - PSB Academy, Singapore||Semester 1||07 February 2022||On-Campus||Dr Michael Jensen|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Abu Saleh|
|2022||UCI - PSB Academy, Singapore||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Abu Saleh|
Students are not required to purchase a textbook. All recommended readings for each session will be provided on Canvas.
The philosophy of the unit is that students are capabale, with structured guidance, of creating their own personalised learning resources through each assignment to help them better appreciate the complexity of research design. As such, students will be encouraged to use additional literature in their topic area and discipline to help them learn about the important descisions and choices they will make.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
For Assessment 2, if students prepare slides (and students are strongly encouraged to prepare slides), these slides should be uploaded to Canvas prior to the final class session.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
As per UC policy, this unit is expected to require 300 hours of work. Of this, there will be a set of intensive classes (5 classes at 4 hours each). Students will be expected to do online, reading, writing, developmental, reflection and assignment preparation work in the remaining hours.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
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